Pat Shingleton: "A Hairy Situation"
A previous column noted my mother capturing rain water for shampooing. Baton Rouge water is described by visitors as "soft" compared to "hard" water that contains minerals. Other places in the United States improve their home water with treatments such as Calgon to improve water quality. I noticed in the latest edition of Farmers' Almanac nine natural ways to assist your hair. The first suggestion is beer... Leave a can or bottle of beer open until it turns flat, then use it as a conditioner. Lemon juice, mixed with water, will give you shiny or bouncy hair. Mix three teaspoons of honey into a pint of water as a hair lotion to moisturize your scalp. A tablespoon of mayonnaise is another application. Rub it into your hair or scalp then cover your head with a shower cap for 30 minutes and rinse. In addition to the mayonnaise treatment, crack an egg into your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes, rinse with cool water and then shampoo. Another treatment includes mashing an avocado and a banana. Put this in your hair for an hour then rinse with warm water. Another scalp application is rubbing olive oil into your scalp before bedtime and covering with a shower cap, then washing it out the next morning. Vinegar offers many benefits as a cleansing agent and a great conditioner for hair strengthening, dandruff and taming frizz. Finally nuts are good for your hair and so are seeds. They can't be smashed or rubbed into your hair but can be placed into your mouth to add sheen to your hair. Remember the old saying from Areaux Rush, "Hair today, gone tomorrow..."